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Forever After

Summary:
Bella has a nightmare about her wedding day where her beautiful, but mysterious groom is attacked by a monstrous wolf. After she wakes up, she goes looking for the groom where she remembered she had noticed him in real life only a few days before. When their meeting is interrupted she wonders, why is everyone trying to make decisions for her? and why is Edward so dangerous? Banner courtesy of Eternitys_Charm Based off of the movies (and the book) Ever After, and Twilight.


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14. Chapter 15

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I opened my eyes hoping to see Edward beside me, wishing what happened yesterday could just be a dream. I had no such luck. Alice still carried me, and we were still running.

She glanced down at me and offered a sympathetic smile. I felt calm, and I knew it was Jasper’s doing, I could still remember everything that was going on, but I couldn’t bring myself to do anything but lie there. I felt so helpless that I was almost depressed.

“We’re almost there, Bella.” Her voice was compassionate, too.

“Already?”

“Yes, you’ve been asleep for a long time. But you deserve the rest; you had a rough day.”

She couldn’t be more right about that. Everything had happened so suddenly, and I was happy for a moment, but tragedy came just as rapidly yesterday, if not more-so.

“Try and sleep some more, Bella.” I thought for a moment. I couldn’t possibly sleep with everything going through my mind. Alice’s head moved up, but I couldn’t read her face. Suddenly I felt a large, ice hand on my shoulder. I looked up just in time to see the outline of Jasper’s face, and my eyes were closed.

This time, when I awoke, I was lying on a blanket that was carefully placed on the ground. I sat up, looking for my vampire protectors.

As I turned my face to the right, I was directly met by Alice, her pixie-like face only inches from mine.

“Hello.” Her high bell voice rang through the air.

“Where’s Jasper?”

“He went hunting a little. He’s the newest vegetarian in our family, so it’s harder for him to keep control. Because of that he needs to hunt more often.”

“Oh.” I said lamely.

I couldn’t stay focused on something other than Edward and the tracker for more than a few seconds, terror filling my mind without Jasper there to help me. I thought of asking Alice about it, but before I could she was answering me.

“I don’t know anything yet, Bella. If something happens they’ll tell me through a vision. I do know that the tracker followed Esme and Carlisle, so we lost him.”

“What about the woman?”

“She got caught up on the way to meet the tracker, trying to convince another man to join them, but he didn’t want to play their games anymore.”

“Is it good or bad that they haven’t contacted you yet?”

“Neither really. Bella, you shouldn’t worry. It’s seven against two. There’s no way they could win, we won’t have a loss of any kind.”

“You can’t be sure of that. Edward had told me that your visions aren’t always reliable.”

“Actually, my vision would only change if someone else changed their plans, otherwise it won’t alter.”

“Then shouldn’t you know what will happen?”

“No. The tracker hasn’t made a decision yet.”

“See, you can’t know everyone will be safe then.” I didn’t want to sound too pretentious but what I was saying was true.

“Bella. Just think about the odds. Please, I don’t want to see you unhappy.”

“That’s just it! I have been thinking of the likelihood of anyone getting hurt, but from what Edward told me, tracking humans is his life. I’m guessing he would be pretty good at it since he’s an immortal vampire that has lived for a while.”

“We’re a strong family. There’s no way that they can beat us, Bella. Even if both of them found our group at the same time, they couldn’t beat Jasper and I.” I couldn’t picture Alice, as tiny and fragile looking as she is, to fight off another vampire, but Jasper I could. He wasn’t nearly as well-built as Emmett, but he was more muscular than Edward.

I didn’t feel like arguing anymore about who would survive this fight, so I sat there for a long time, looking at my surroundings. It was a little different, more of a dark forest than the one surrounding my castle, and especially the meadow, but it was beautiful in its own way. It was more of a dark manner, almost like James. He, of course, was beautiful, a vampire, but you could see the danger in his crimson eyes.

I don’t know how long we had been there, or how long I slept, but I knew to me it felt like years I thought about the same droning things. Not really feeling anything, just emptiness.

Japer and Alice made a fire by where I was lying; they sat twenty feet back just watching the flames, the same as me. It made sense why they sat there though. I’m sure they didn’t want to have their arm burned off on accident.

I eventually became used to them sitting still, but suddenly Alice’s eyes got big, and Jasper shifted so he was facing her in one quick motion.

“What is it, Alice? What do you see?” His voice was panicked, expecting the worst.

“A white room, full of mirrors.” The only thing that moved was her mouth, her eyes still immense, her body tensed. My own body finally reacted and I moved toward them to figure out what was happening.

Jasper disappeared and returned within a second, paper in hand, she used a quill pen, dipping and drawing back-and-forth, not looking at her picture. I tried to decipher it, but with her hand moving from side to side, all I saw was a blur.

She finished and her eyes refocused onto the picture she drew, her head cocked to the side as she pondered.

“I’ve seen this room before.” It was all vaguely familiar in my mind.

“When?” Both of them now faced me, more confusion in their expressions.

“I believe it’s in our old castle, a big ballroom full of mirrors. When I was there the white fabric wasn’t, and we took most of the furniture with us. Is this where he’s planning to go?”

“As of now, yes. He could always change his mind.” He had a plan. What else could I do but expect the worst and that I would fall for it? This all meant that I would never see Edward again.

“Can I have a minute alone?” I waited a moment for an answer.

“Yes. I don’t see anything happening. We’ll come back whenever you’re ready.”

“How will-“

“We’ll know.” I felt stupid as she pointed to her temple, explaining to me that she would see when I was ready.

They disappeared together, running hand in hand. I didn’t want to think of how much I missed Edward, but everything seemed to be reminding me of it now. I felt my chest start to burn, full of longing. Noiseless tears streamed down my face as I thought of my fate.

I started to move my leg to sit in a more comfortable position, trying to ease my body as much as possible, but I couldn’t turn it all the way before I was slammed into a tree, suddenly standing.

I took my mind away from the pain and tried to focus my eyes on what caused it. I was immediately met with red eyes, not the masculine ones I was expecting, but more feline. It was James’ mate, I recognized the red hair Alice had described her with. A hiss escaped her lips as she held me against the tree, her forearm pressing my chest down, and her hand pushing my shoulder to an even more uncomfortable position. I tried to blink away the tears that were still falling down my cheeks, I didn’t want to show her that she could break me. All she did was laugh at me.

“You poor, defenseless human. I almost feel sorry for you. Separated from your loved one, how can you survive?” The sarcasm in her tone was venomous, causing me to close my eyes again, “I have a message for you, do you think you could handle not balling for a moment while I explain it to you?” I didn’t answer her.

“James wants to meet you again, so you two can get to know each other better. All you need to do is get away from your friends. I know you’re probably wondering why you would just go on and get together with him, but he has something or rather, someone of interest to you. Don’t worry, it’s not Edward, but he’s probably just as important, if not more.” It wasn’t hard for me to figure out that she was talking about Charlie. That whole time I was trying to protect him from this and they got him anyway.

“We’ll let him go if you come to your old castle, but if not, your poor dad will have to suffer the consequences.” Her position became casual, “So we invite you to come and visit, but we’ll know if you bring anyone with you. Do you understand?”

I nodded; I knew the sacrifice I had to make.

"I'm Victoria, by the way. See you soon."